Center bond and levy sink

Snoqualmie voters shot down measures to raise taxes to build and maintain a community center with a pool in the Nov. 7 election.

Although the $8.75 million construction bond received a slim majority of the 2,078 ballots cast for the proposition with 51.88 percent, it needed 60 percent approval to pass.

The 20-year levy hike of 26 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation to pay for maintenance and operation needed a simple majority to pass. However, it died with 48.21 percent of the 2,070 ballots cast for the proposition.

All of Snoqualmie's 2,105 ballots - nearly 53 percent of the number of registered voters - have been counted. Results will not be official until certified Nov. 28.

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson said he thought voters were hesitant to pass new taxes with a large school levy looming on the horizon. The Snoqualmie Valley School District plans to ask voters to approve $209.2 million for new schools and repairs to existing facilities in the February election.

The city has about $4.3 million earmarked for the construction of a community center and property set aside on Snoqualmie Ridge. Larson said the next step is up to the City Council.

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